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April 2, 1927 - July 27, 2014

Richard Paul Dombrowski, of Buffalo, a retired police officer and World War II veteran, died Sunday in the VA Medical Center. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo and one of five children, Mr. Dombrowski graduated from Burgard Vocational High School. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 1945 and served in the Pacific in China, Japan and Guam. He was honorably discharged in October 1948.

After his discharge, Mr. Dombrowski married Helen Cash; they recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.

He was a Buffalo police officer for 30 years. Active in the American Legion, he was also a longtime member of the Buffalo History Museum.

Before his illness, Mr. Dombrowski loved fishing and camping with his grandsons.

But his passion was photography. As a young boy, he began taking pictures around the Buffalo area.

His donated photographs were recently exhibited in the history museum as part of the ongoing Scajaquada Creek talks and a soon-to-be-published book.

Mr. Dombrowski was a diehard Buffalo Bills fan and enjoyed playing pool. In his younger days, he loved to bowl and spend time at the beach with his children.

Besides his wife, Mr. Dombrowski is survived by his two daughters, Eileen Harnisch and Kathleen Batugowski; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in Assumption Catholic Church, 435 Amherst St.